So much to learn, and so little time to sit down and read. Thanks Audible.
I like sports a lot, but was never a big tennis or Agassi fan. I loved every minute of this book though. It was SUPER funny, and extremely interesting at the same time. My favorite parts were the stories about his dad when Agassi was a child, and then about his pursuit of Steffi Graf. My favorite character was his coach Brad Gilbert, but there are so many great characters in this book. If I had access to a time machine, going back to spend time on the road with Agassi and his group of friends would be near the top of my list now.
If you are remotely considering this book, I can guarantee you will not be disappointed, sports fan or not.
I would not. You have to be able to endure 20 chapters of Andre talking about how horrible his father and coaches are while he gives too many 'whoa as me' details about his life. Way too much repetition of similar stories over and over again, just a different year. The only redeeming factor is when he met Stephanie Graff and he seemed to find his happiness and hit his stride. I admire Andres work in his foundation.
The narrator was fine.
I think you would need to be an absolute Agassi mega fan to like this book. I never watch tennis.
Parts of the story are interesting, particularly his upbringing under his father, but the book cannot be recommended. Agassi will not strike you as a particularly bright guy, and his stories are lame. Couple that with a narrator who insists on whispering everything, and you've got yourself a painful read. The prologue alone is enough to put most to sleep. If you decide to stick with it (like I did), you'll only have wasted time that could be spent listening to something better.
I wish it were Agassi read it himself but the Erik Davies did a splendid job.
Say something about yourself!
Have not enjoyed a nonfiction audiobook as much as I enjoyed this, ever. Entertaining and uplifting!
What a life Andre Agassi has lead. I applaud Andre for showing us his warts and helping us understand how they got there. It was fun being taken back to the go-go days of US Men's tennis in the 90s - so many great competitors and personalities. I think anyone who is curious or intrigued by Andre Agassi would enjoy this book, but there is a fair amount of tennis match recounting, so it helps if you like tennis. I blew through this book very quickly.
Liberal, retired, special ed teacher teacher from California (quite the cliche ) now living near Montreal. I love to play and watch tennis
I loved this book for it's honesty, introspection, warm/rich characters, and storytelling. Andre's inner dialog throughout the book puts you right there with him. As the french said go Andre go.
This book is an epic poem, an odyssey replete from beginning to end with triumph and failure, love and pain, joy and conflict, certainty and bewilderment. It is about so much more than tennis or lapses into substance use and/or abuse. I plan to listen again.
Curious, though, that the collaboration with J.R. Moehringer, memoirist and author of "The Tender Bar" is not mentioned, at least not in the audiobook version. It's not possible to say what parts are Agassi and what parts are Moehringer, but the brilliantly paced, fluid narrative adds up to way more than the sum of its parts. Game, set, match. Grand slam.
Since the Moehringer book is only available on audible in abridged format, I will need a trip to the library or bookstore.
This book gives a candid picture of the life of a top athlete. Tennis fans, especially those who have followed Agassi's career, will find it quite interesting. However, Erik Davies' reading of this book was one of the worst I've ever heard. He was breathy and whiny, making Agassi sound pathetic and others such as Steffi Graf sound weak and vulnerable. It's the only audiobook I've ever considered not completing because the narrator was so bad. If you can get past this irritating downside, the book itself is worth the read.
Usually professional athletes are a little biased towards themselves. This was refreshingly real and personal. You feel like you know him, not just what he accomplished. The story of Agassi's life is interesting and surprising in many ways.
Agassi writes in a way that is more fact and less opinion than most.
I absolutely loved listening to this book.